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Worker Ordered Reinstated After Making Complaint, Dismissal

By Ellen Smith

A miner was granted temporary reinstatement, even though the company claims it does not have any work for him. Review Commission Judge William Steele noted the miner, Dustin Rodriguez, was fired within 24 hours of bringing up safety concerns with his supervisors.

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The Golden Lining

By Randy Logsdon

I will be the first to admit that I am something of a political junkie – an adamant observer, not a participant. And I’ve carefully tried to refrain from inserting my political opinions and leanings into this column. So, please do not draw any political bias from what I am about to say.

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3M Launches Five New Lines of Personal Protective Equipment

Safety, health and comfort go hand in hand as 3M announces five new lines of personal protective equipment. They include SecureFit Protective Eyewear, Peltor X Series Earmuffs, the H-800 Series Full Brim Hard Hat with a Uvicator Sensor, the Safety Sunwear Series, and the Peltor WS Series Headsets with Bluetooth Wireless Technology.

Everyday, approximately 2,000 U.S. workers sustain a work-related eye injury that requires medical treatment. This is a problem for both employers and their workers because about one in 10 injuries require one or more missed workdays to recover. 3M SecureFit Protective Eyewear is designed to address this alarming statistic. Made with 3M proprietary Pressure Diffusion Temple Technology, the SecureFit temples naturally adjust to individual head sizes, making them more comfortable for the worker by alleviating pressure.

Noise-induced hearing loss is the number-one sensory disability in the world, and is 100-percent preventable, a problem that the 3M Peltor X Series Earmuffs addresses. Built with new ear cushion foam technology and earcups that tilt for optimum efficiency and comfort, the X Series is the only earmuff on the market providing noise protection of up to 31 decibels. The series also incorporates an electrically insulated twin headband design that reduces heat buildup and provides five different levels of noise-exposure protection to match the working environment.

For workers who prefer a hard hat with a full brim, the 3M H-800 Series Full Brim Hard Hat provides added protection with 4- and 6-point ratchet suspension combinations for maximum stability, and an optional Uvicator Sensor. The smart sensor changes color from red to white as the hard hat is exposed to ultraviolet (UV) light, alerting the wearer when it’s due for a replacement.

Providing a different form of UV relief is 3M’s newest series of Safety Sunwear. Available in 10 different styles and two different lens coating – anti-fog and anti-scratch – Safety Sunwear provides eye protection that wearers can modify into regular sunglasses. The series is lightweight with spring-hinged aluminum temples for increased stability and comfort. Plus, the sporty design features a removable foam gasket for protection from small particles.

Designed with connectivity in mind, the 3M Peltor WS Series Headsets with Bluetooth Wireless Technology gives workers the ability to communicate, listen to music, and talk on the phone all without removing their headset. Each headset amplifies lower-level sounds, like voices, while attenuating higher-level sounds, like those found in the workplace, and limits exposure to 82 decibels. Offered in four distinct styles with some offering interchangeable cups, and optional boom mics, this series of headsets provides stereo-quality sound and gives wearers the ability to simultaneously monitor connected electronics.

3M, www.3M.com

Honeywell Offers Safety Eyewear

Honeywell Safety Products introduced two new styles of protective eyewear, Conspire and Relentless. Both feature the exclusive new North Signature Fit profile, specially designed to comfortably fit at least 85 percent of wearers right out of the box without the need for advanced adjustments. Given their combined protective qualifications, lightweight design and adjustment-free fit, Conspire and Relentless deliver extreme value to safety managers by simplifying the safety eyewear purchasing process.

“Conspire and Relentless, our first eyewear styles to feature North Signature Fit – are designed based on years of anthropomorphic research in facial dimensions,” ” said Kevin Beckerdite, product-marketing manager for eye and face protection, Honeywell Safety Products. “Their uniquely shaped and padded nosepieces and flexible temples are proven to provide the most comfortable fit across the widest range of facial profiles. That means grab-and-go convenience and unparalleled protection for safety managers and the workers they serve.”

Conspire and Relentless provide 99.9 percent ultraviolet protection and are certified to meet both the ANSI Z87.1+ standard for high-impact protection and the CSA Z94.3 standards.

Honeywell Safety Products,

www.honeywellsafety.com